Wednesday, January 30, 2013

[Food] Ganga, Indian Restaurant In Daegu

Ganga, Indian Restaurant

The Deulangil Restaurant District has become quite famous among the residents of Daegu. A lot of people think of this area first when trying to find a restaurant at which to have a celebration.This is because the area has a restaurant to suit virtually every need, taste and budget. The choice of venues ranges from typical Korean and Western-style diners to exquisite Asian restaurants, as well as the increasing number of Japanese and Chinese venues.

Among the choices of international cuisines, Indian food ranks near the top. There are already several Indian restaurants in Daegu, in the downtown area and near Kyungpook National University. Several months ago another Indian restaurant, Ganga, was opened in the Deurangil Restaurant District. In addition to the types of flavorful dishes we’ve come to expect at Indian restaurants, restaurants, Ganga offers more seating for diners as well as a fancy new decor befitting its theme. Ganga is a high-class Indian restaurant, which boasts various kinds of curry, nan, and barbecue dishes. When you enter the restaurant, a friendly staff member will welcome you with a warm smile and guide you to a table. 

The restaurant is dimly lit and elegantly decorated with aspects of Indian culture. The Indian music playing in the background creates a comfortable dining environment. Seating is arranged in several different ways, and you can specify your preference when making a reservation. The menu is vast, and it may take a little time for you to consider what to order, as you can choose from four categories of barbecued chicken, lamb, and seafood among others. In addition, the restaurant offers seven kinds of nan, which comes served as two pieces in a basket, as well as five categories of vegetable, chicken, lamb, seafood and beef curry.

 I ordered two kinds of curry, Chicken Tikka Masala and Palak Paneer, along with four pieces of Tandoori chicken and a basket of plain nan. The tandoori chicken and nan were delicious, and the curry looked and tasted less watery than what is often served at other Indian restaurants. Considering the thickness of the curry, I recommend having it with nan rather than rice. The waitstaff were very polite and offered suggestions and explanations of some of the items on the menu, making selection easier and the experience more pleasant. The prices were reasonable, considering the high quality of the food. The curry costs between 17,000 won and 20,000 won, Tandoori chicken, 22,000 won, and nan from 2,000 won to 5,000 won. I haven’t had a chance to try all the items on the menu, but I’m sure that you won't regret choosing Ganga for your next Indian meal.

Ganga is open from 11:30am to 3pm for lunch, and from 5:30pm until 10pm for dinner. The last order for lunch and dinner is 2:30pm and 9:30pm, respectively. During the weekends and holidays, it is open from 11:30am to 10pm. The restaurant has a seating capacity for 80, and is equipped with separate rooms for groups of 4, 6, 8, or 12 persons. When you make a reservation and order a set menu, which costs 30,000 won to 50,000 won, you can use this separate room. For more information on this great new restaurant, or to make a reservation, visit their website at or call 768-3610.

* Chingusai Vol. 98


  ● Open Hours 
     - Weekdays 11:30 a.m. ~ 3 p.m. / 5:30 p.m. ~ 10 p.m.
     - Holidays 11:30 a.m. ~ 10 p.m.

  ● Website:

  ● Inquiry: 053-768-3610

Monday, January 28, 2013

[Food/Press Article] American Style Breakfast Restaurant_Hami Mami's

American Style Breakfast
- Biscuits and Gravy at Hami Mami's

This Korean interpretation of biscuits and gravy is the only Korean version I've tried and it's unique in its own way, but it hits the spot when I'm in the mood for comfort food.  As far as I know, this is the only place that serves it in Daegu.

The sausage ingredients used in this are the same as their sausage patties.  It appears to be a home recipe and is mostly comprised of ground pork, onions and garlic.  The traditional breakfast sausage flavor is hard to come by and there's no need to patronize McDonald's, the only place that seems to have something close to a breakfast sausage flavor, when you have local Mom and Pop restaurants to try.

The gravy is very thick and this is a very hearty and filling meal.  It comes with a side of eggs and either bacon or sausages.

Brunch is served all day except for when Hami Mami's is closed on Mondays.  Coffee is self served and tastes okay, but for being unlimited, I'll take another cup.  I remember the service being really slow when I went here about 7 months prior, but we were the only customers there, so there wasn't a wait.

The new location is more spacious with big windows to let in ample lighting.  It's just a few steps away from the former location.

  How to get there:

Take Line 1 to Yeungnam University Hospital Station, leave through exit 2 and walk to Gate 4 at Camp Walker.  This should take you no more than 15 minutes.

Another option is to take the #349 or #730 from the downtown bus stop called Yangnyeongsi.  The #349 drops you off at the Palace Hotel while the #730 will drop you off a bit closer at Taeseong Mansion.  From there, the walk to Hami Mami's should be quick.

Friday, January 25, 2013

[Tour] Daegu Hotspring Elybaden

Natural Hot Spring in the middle of the town,

What’s your way to stay warm in winter? Last week I introduced Daegu’s famous hot spring, Spa Valley ( as the best place to relax in winter. Following the previous article about the Spa Valley, I will introduce another famous hot spring, Elybaden.

Located in Sangin, Dalseogu, Daegu, Elybaden is a hot spring water park boasting its natural sulfur hot spring water! Also, compared to Spa Valley it’s easy to get to by public transportation but still has a wide range of facilities.

To get there, take subway line1 and get off at Sangin Station. It takes 18 minutes from Sangin Station to Elybaden by walk. If you want to use a bus, check the bus information at the very bottom of this article.

Floor Guide

1F: Water Zone
2F: Sunbed zone
3F: Jjimjilbang
4F: Massage Zone
5F: Fitness Zone

First of all, Water Zone has WaterPark and surfur hot spring.

The Water Park is also divided into three part, Bathe Pool, Kids Pool and Outside Flowing Water Pool. There is a huge Bathe Pool in the middle of the inside water park. The pool provides water massage function with various water pressures. This water massage bathe pool will relax your muscles and help you to release the fatigue. 

Sun beds are prepared around the Bathe pool and on the second floor. 

Next to the Bathe pool is Kids pool. Kids Pool is 40 meter deep and huge enough to accommodate up to 200 people at a time. The pool is decorated with cute paintings and small waterfalls to respond to the children’s tastes. However, the yellow water slides are long enough for adults to ride.

Outside flowing water pool is about 80m long and it encloses the indoor water zone. You can enjoy hot spring outside of the building event in winter. However, it doesn’t open if the lowest temperature of the day goes down to five degrees below zero. 

After playing in the water in the water park, you can enjoy sulfur hot spring. The sulfur hot spring is a natural hot spring which has the high sulfur content.

The third floor is Jjimjilbang. For the Water Park ticket holders, Jjimjilbang is provided for free if they rent a Jjimjil clothes which cost only 1,000w. There are many entertaining facilities in the Jjimjilbang such as DVD room, Mini Noraebang, Kids Playroom, and Food Court. You can stay up all night hanging out with your friends in Jjimjilbang.

Enjoy the natural hot spring Water Park and Jjimjilbang at Elybaden!
It will keep you warm and healthy this winter! 


  Working Hour


   ● Address
     - 1558 Sangin-dong (8-6 Sanginseo-ro), Dalseo-gu, Daegu, South Korea

   ● Subway
    - Take subway line1 and get off at Sangin Station. It takes 18 minutes from Sangin Station to Elybaden by walk. 

   ● Bus
    - Take 356, 604, 649, 706, or Dalseo2 and get off at Sangin Bora Mansion Bus Stop
    - Take Dalseo2, Dalseo3, or Dalseo4 and get off at Sangin Hanseotown Bus Stop
    - Take Dalseo2, Dalseo3, or Dalseo4-1 and get off at Wolbae Nonghyeop Daedeok Branch Bus Stop
    - Take 653, Dalseo1 or Dalseo3 and get off at Sangin Jerim Apartment Bus Stop

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

[Tour] Eatery Alley in Gyodong Market!

Let's explore Gyodong Market
 # Eatery Alley

Gyodong Market is famous for Daegu People, but it’s not well known for most foreigners in Daegu. Located in Gyodong, Junggu, the market started to have a constant stream of visitors as some traders started to sell smuggled war supplies from the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Part of the market is formed as an international market or black market and still remains. People visit here to look for some imported goods. The main products of the market are electronic devices, jewelries and clothes but the market is also well known for the eatery alley. So, I am going to introduce Gydong Market’s Eatery Alley today.

As I already mentioned, the market was formed during the Korean War as a black market when the war supplies started to be sold in the market. This market was also called as Yankee Market because you could buy products from U.S. here. It’s also known as hobgoblin market since traders disappeared in a blink when imported products control officers came to the market to crack down and then reappeared in a minute when the control officers were gone.


In 1956, the market was approved as a legal market and after that various businesses have been developed. People say you should explore diverse alleys when you visit Gyodong Market. You can feel the atmosphere of Modern Daegu because the alleys look as it did in the old days.

You can easily find street food vendors everywhere in the market. Odeng(fish cake) and Jeon(Korean pancake) are must-eat items here. Warm odeng soup would be great in this cold weather.


You should try bindaetteok (mung-bean pancake) at Gyodong Market as well! This bindaetteok restaurant has 40-year-old history. It’s 1000w for one piece which is really cheap, but it’s super delicious! You can also taste one of Daegu’s representative food, Napjak Mandu(potsticker) at the restaurant.

The foods from street vendors around the market are all good but the real food alley(eatery food) starts from here. Gyodong Eatery Alley is regarded as the most famous place in the market currently. 

You can see the sign of the eatery alley on your way to Daegu Station from Dongseongno. This alley is a heaven of easy Korean food. You can taste all kinds of Daegu's snacks here, such as flat dumplings, spicy odeng and squid pancake. Thousands of visitors visit every day for a tasty bite. Delicious food smell stimulates passersby’s appetite and attracts them.

Vendor owners were continually fixing foods when I was exploring the market. 

Smells from boiling spicy odeng and Korean pancake made my mouth watery. If you like spicy food, try spicy odeng here! The sweet and spicy soup will give you a new experience.

  How to get there?

    ● Address
      - 67-12 Gyo-dong (40 Gyodong-gil), Jung-gu, Daegu, South Korea

    ● Subway
      - Take line 1 and get off at Jungangno Station. Take exit 3. 
      - Take line 1 and get off at Daegu Station. Take exit 2.

    ● Bus
      - 101-1, 401, 420, 618, 651, 708, 980 Gyodong Market Bus Stop
      - 101, 101-1, 401, 420-1, 420, 618, 651, 708, 808, 980, Gachang2 Daegu Station Bus Stop
      - 521, 600 City Hall
      - 202, 202-1, 303, 303-1, 349, 401, 410, 410-1, 503, 623, 704, 706, 730, 980, 
        Gachang2, Donggu1, Donggu1-1, Donggu2, Bukgu2, Rapid2 Gyeongsanggamyeong Park Bus Stop
      - 106, 156, 309, 323, 323-1, 425, 427, 521, 600, 724, 939, 980 Hanil Geukjang Bus Stop
      - 106, 400-1, 401, 508, 518, 600, 650, 909 Gachang2, Donggu1, Bukgu3, Rapid1, Rapid3 2.28 Memorial Park Bus Stop

Monday, January 21, 2013

[Tour/Press Article] Nogokdong Temples

Nogokdong Temples

Since I started biking the Geuhmogang River I noticed a very large temple complex climbing a mountain on the north side of the river, just east of the paldal bridge. The bike trail is on the south side of the river but I went along the north side to try to find the temple.

There is some agricultural land along the banks but unfortunately a highway runs parallel so I couldn’t see over to where the temple was. I had to cross back to the bike trail on the south side to be able to spot the temple.

The temple is actually in a small hamlet called Nogok-dong. The bridge to reach here will also bring you to a small island park popular with locals( It’s almost like a small country village as the community is isolated from the urban development of the rest of the city.

I couldn’t really see how to get to the temple as the orientations is lopsided and lots of houses were in the way. I could see it up the mountain so had to ask locals how to get there. One lady gestured to the hair shop and that I should follow the path from there. This led to a pathway that wound through the houses as it ascended the mountain.

As I went to higher elevations there was a good horizon view of Nogok-dong. There were also some ferocious dogs chained in the yards not used to seeing people here or very territorial.

I managed to reach the temple gate and was disappointed to find it was locked after all the trouble of biking and trying to find the place. There was however an outside wall I could walk around to get a better view.


As I reached the end I saw it continued to climb up the side of the mountain giving an elevated view down into the complex. I went up along one side taking pictures of the inside. I wouldn’t have been able to come in warmer months as it would have been swarming with wasps.


The complex was quite interesting with many buildings. After the main outer doorway this led into a garden facing interior buildings. The buildings climbed in steps to a brightly colourful painted building in the rear.

In the distance I could see a cemetary plot on the other side of Nogok-dong. Coming down I had to make my way past the ferocious dogs who had been barking madly the whole time I was there and trying to break out their chains as I passed.

The cemetery was easy to reach just behind the main street and a short climb. The outer building was closed but the cemetery was not walled so you could walk around inside.

There were two round tombs and stone figures, similar to some of the Joseon Royal Tombs. From this side of Nokog-dong there was also a view back of the first temple complex I had visited.

Coming back along the north side of the geumhogang river was another small temple just east of the paldal bridge. This however was locked also with a large guard dog inside so I wasn’t able to peer inside much.

Here is a map of where Nogok-dong and the temples are located and a link back to my earlier entry of biking the geumhogang river.